Can we restrict access to our application on appstore ?

Posted on 2011-10-18
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Dear Expert:

I have an iphone application which I want to distribute just to my clients.
I have read all iphone apps should be distributed by AppStore so my doubts are:

1. Is it possible to publish an application on AppStore but make it private to only users who knows a password?

2. Is it possible to publish an application on AppStore which is a paid application for the general community, but its free for our clients ?

Thank you.

Question by:gplana
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Deepu Chowdary earned 501 total points
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Appstore is global store.
Afaik you cannot limit any app for particular persons.
Its better to consult Appstore directly
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by:Jason C. Levine
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1. No.  Apple won't publish an app that has that kind of restrictions.   There are ways to get apps to users via an enterprise solution but that requires some degree of control over the experience.

2.  Yes, but only assuming the enterprise controls present in #1.  Your "free" users would have to get the free app via a different and very controlled pathway.
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maximus5328 earned 498 total points
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Yes, this is possible either through Ad Hoc Distribution program (send your app via email to up to 100 clients) or Custom B2B Apps program (you develop an app for a specific business client).
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Thank you.

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